Come on Out to the Trego County Free Fair!

The Trego County Free Fair in WaKeeney, summer’s biggest party, is just around the corner and it promises to bring with it a week full of memories and loads of fun!

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Join us Tuesday, July 24th to Sunday, July 29th on the Midway, in the Grandstands, and in Downtown WaKeeney as we throw open the doors to the barn to “Party with the Animals!”

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ATV Rodeo– Wednesday, July 25th

Saddle up, ATV jockeys! We’re taking the rodeo experience to a whole other level at the All-Terrain Vehicle Rodeo! Watch the riders spin through the dust in our horse arena as they compete to see who comes out the winner of our great motorized round up.

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Demolition Derby – Thursday, July 26th

Smash ‘em up fun can be found inside our historic grandstands when the Demolition Derby drivers ramming into other cars for the fun of it. The pits open at 4:30pm and the bang ‘em up action begins at 7:30pm.

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Bluegrass Rides

The backdrop of the fair is four days (and nights) of exciting thrills on the Midway. Beginning on Wednesday, July 25th Bluegrass Rides will set up camp on the Trego County Fairgrounds, with rides and games for kids and adults.

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Demolition Derby – Thursday, July 26th

Smash ‘em up fun can be found inside our historic grandstands when the Demolition Derby drivers ramming into other cars for the fun of it. The pits open at 4:30pm and the bang ‘em up action begins at 7:30pm.


Virtual Ride – Thursday, July 26th  and Friday, July 27th

Take a spin on a Virtual Reality Ride on Thursday, July 26th (sponsored by the WaKeeney Travel and Tourism Department) on and Friday, July 27th (sponsored by the Trego Rec Commission). This is a don’t miss favorite at all of Trego County’s festivals and every time you give it a whirl it provides a “real” thrilling experience for its riders.



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Monster Trucks

High flying, high-octane action will come to our Grandstands when Wendy’s Summer Monster Mayheim and Local Tough Trucks grind it up on Friday, July 27th in the Fairground’s Grandstands. Cheer on your favorite drivers as they test the limits of these motorized monsters! Gates open at 5 pm, with the Pit Party starting at 5:30 and the races kicking off at 7:30pm.

Come to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Thursday at 6pm and Friday at 5pm for a Monster Truck experience of your own! Monster Truck Rides is will be offering spectators rides in their machines for to promote Cancer Awareness.

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Muddy Pig Brawl – Saturday, July 28th

Who’s happier than a pig in a muddy pigpen? The people competing in the Muddy Pig Brawl! This crazy, dirty, fun event will be held at 5pm, with registration opening at 4pm. It’s a great event for competitors and spectators alike and always provides a ton of laughs.

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Trego County Fair Parade – Saturday, July 28th

Head to Downtown WaKeeney for the Trego County Fair Parade. The parade begins at 10 am, so find a good spot and bring your sweet tooth for the candy tossed to the crowd.

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You’ll see floats, antique cars and trucks, farm equipment, and maybe even a few local dignitaries passing by.

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Fun Food and Drink – throughout the week

Great food and drinks are an essential part of any county fair and this year there are several food events scheduled that are favorites of our crowds. A Community Barbeque Feed sponsored by the Trego County Economic Development is planned for Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm (for the first 1,000).

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The folks at Jake & Chet’s are hosting a Watermelon Feed on Thursday, July 26that 6:30pm and the Beer Garden will be open from 6pm to midnight every night of the fair. And, don’t forget to stop by the FFA Alumni food stand where they’ll be featuring their tasty pork burgers and the Boy Scout Stand to get a piece of homemade pie!

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Exciting Experiences – all week long!

Enjoy the thrill of competition at a wide range of events. A Ping Pong Drop will be set up on Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm at the fairgrounds and Eagle Communications is sponsoring a Golden Egg Hunt with clues given at 9am and 2pm each day beginning on Tuesday, July 24th until the egg is found. On Saturday gather your friends together for the Washer and Horseshoe Doubles Tournament sponsored by the Trego Recreation Commission and held at the Fairgrounds at 11am following the Saturday, July 28th morning parade.


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Competition in Local Arts and Crafts, Business, and Agricultural Pursuits

Beginning on Tuesday, July 24th you can see the best locally produced products in the historic Trego County Exhibit Buildings, the 4-H Building, and the livestock sheds.

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The artistry of traditional crafts will be on display, with everything from sewing and baking, to gardening and artistic pursuits. Judging begins on Tuesday, July 24th and public viewing opens on Wednesday, July 25th with all the ribbons on display.

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Out in the livestock sheds you’ll find the industrious kids of 4-H and FFA. They’ve spent the year raising and caring for the animals you’ll find there and you can watch them show off their animal husbandry skills in the Livestock Arena nearby and the Horse Arena for the equestrian competitions.



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Live Music – throughout the week

There are four nights of live music on two stages this year. Local musician Isaiah Fabrizius & Company will be performing on our free stage on Wednesday, July 25th. Thursday night you’ll find DJ Gina taking the stage at 7:30pm and on Friday you can dance to Flatspin. Celebrate the end of a fun fair week with Sister Whiskey who will be performing at 8pm on Saturday, July 28th.

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These are just a few of the fun and exciting events you’ll find at the Trego County Free Fair in WaKeeney. Check out the fair schedule to find out more.


“Christmas in July” Lights Up the Streets of WaKeeney

Who says Christmas only comes once a year? In the Christmas City of the High Plains we celebrate our favorite holiday year-round with a second celebration in July!

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The mid-year “Christmas in July” festival will be held at everyone’s favorite summer spot, the WaKeeney Water Park, on Saturday, July 14thand there is a sleigh full of goodies that will get everyone into a festive spirit.

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Christmas Activities

Kids can hone their gingerbread cookie decorating skills and enter their gingerbread house in a contest for the best decoration. The virtual reality “Santa’s Sleigh” ride from our winter festival is back to recapture Santa’s famous annual ride. Give this exciting adventure a try—it’s a great way to relive the cool weather on a hot summer day.

More game booths will challenge you and food vendors have tasty treats to try. Stick around after the sun sets for the blockbuster movie “Elf” that will be shown in the park at 8:30 and there is lawn seating for everyone.

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“Get Lit” Campaign for a Brighter Main Street

All proceeds from the “Christmas in July” event will go to our “Get Lit” campaign for new LED color-changing perimeter lights from Inception Lightingof Irving, TX.

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The programmable, color changing light strands will be attached to the top of the buildings along Main Street behind matching molding that will cover the mechanics and allow them to blend into the architecture. After the lights are installed Main Street will be flooded with red, white and blue on July 4thand purple and gold on game days, along with other color combinations on different holidays. The whole system is guaranteed for up to ten years and we’re expecting the cost savings to be considerable for both electricity and maintenance—up to approximately $300 per year!

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Join us at the Swimming Pool Park on Saturday, July 14that 4:30pm for this fun fundraising event—WaKeeney’s “Christmas in July!”


Fast Cars and Fireworks are Found at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway this Fourth of July

Come to WaKeeneyon June 30thto witness the checkered flag flying alongside the Stars and Stripes as we celebrate the Fourth of July at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway!

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Go-Kart Racing

Our races feature several different classes of drivers, including Rookie, Junior 1 & 2 classes in Heavy Flathead and Heavy Clone karts, three adult divisions Stock Heavy, Clone, and Animal. The Speedway doesn’t overlook anyone—there is also a Masters division for those racers over 40 who love the fast-paced competition they will find in this mid-season race!

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Drivers will take to the dirt, oval track at 6pm for this family-friendly, fun competition, with the pit opening for ticketed attendees at 3pm and the gates to the grandstands opening at 5:30pm. (Check our Facebook page to find updates regarding weather notices.)

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Fourth of July Fireworks

After the engines have quieted, turn your attention toward the sky to witness another spectacular show. The City of WaKeeney’s annual fireworks display has been planned immediately following the races on Saturday, June 30thand, as it has always been our tradition, the show in the heavens will be as exciting as the show on the track!


The go-kart races and fireworks show is a free event for everyone! Come out and celebrate our great country’s independence with the WaKeeney Mini Speedway racers and the community of WaKeeney, Kansas!

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For updates on the WaKeeney Mini Speedway’s summer schedule and racing results visit their website or check out their Facebook pagefor the latest information.

See you at the track!

Make a Splash this Summer at the WaKeeney Water Park

Splish, splash—it’s time for a dip in the pool at the WaKeeney Water Park!

As the thermometer rises and the sunshine burns up the ground beneath our feet we all start looking for ways to cool off. Fortunately, there’s a solution right around the corner in the crystal clear, blue water of everyone’s favorite Northwest Kansas aquatic center; the WaKeeney Water Park!

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WaKeeney’s aquatic center features several state-of-the-art pool structures that allow everyone to enjoy a day of fun in the sun, no matter their age or physical limitations. Small children love to slide down the poolside short slide and wading into the zero-entry pool, something even those swimmers dealing with low mobility issues can enjoy. An array of interactive sprays and a crow’s nest tidal wave dump are fun ways to cool off, and several shade umbrellas with concrete seats provide places for your group to gather.

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For those who want to get a cooling workout in when they come to the water park, they can take their turn in the lap area where several lanes are marked for distance. There’s also an in-pool basketball goal for impromptu pick-up games of pool b-ball!

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The Trego Torpedoes, our local swim team, is hosting a regional swim meet this Saturday, June 16th at 9am. It’s free to the public and everyone is invited to come to the pool and cheer on Trego’s newest competitive team. (The pool will be closed to public swimming until 3pm during the swim meet.)

Trego - Water Park2.jpgEveryone’s favorite feature has got to be the open flume water slide that will take swimmers on an adventurous twisty, turny, slippery ride down to the water’s edge before flinging you off with a splash.

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Facilities and changing rooms are found in the masonry bathhouse and you can find summer sweet treats at the concession stand.

The acquatic center’s hours are: 1-6pm Daily, and Tuesday and Thursday evening swim hours from 7-9pm. Water aerobics is offered MWF from 6-7pm for $2 per person.

Prices: are $2.50 daily, $30.00 for a Single Season Pass or $100.00 for a Family Season Pass.

Call (785) 743-2167 to reserve the pool for special events or for more information about other events happening at the pool, then make plans this summer to be cool in the pool at the WaKeeney Water Park!

Get Your Kids Outdoors at Cedar Bluff’s O.K. Kids Day!

Grab your fishing pole and pack your sunscreen because the rangers at Cedar Bluff State Park have put together another great day of outdoor adventuring for kids on June 9th!

The 9th annual O.K. (Outdoor Kansas) Kids Day is a one-day camp filled with activities that will introduce your child to the great outdoors and inspire them to continue exploring nature throughout the summer months. Trego County’slargest nature park is the perfect setting for a wilderness camp, with trails to explore, a stocked fishing pond, and all the sunshine you could ever want.

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The Rangers have created a day filled with cool events for active girls and boys. Minnow catching and a fishing derby, train rides provided by Nextech, a laser shooting simulator, and a thrilling photo scavenger hunt are on the schedule. They are also bringing back the popular pheasant feather darts from 2015 and offering a new challenge; trap shoot archery!

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Getting kids out into nature and introducing them to the many fun activities they can enjoy at Cedar Bluff State Park is a great way to initiate them into all the summer fun a kid should experience during their vacation from school. There will be plenty of rangers on hand to monitor their activities and bathroom facilities are available in the park.

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This is a free event for kids up to age 14. A lunch of hot dogs will be provided but you will want to make sure your kids come with plenty of sunscreens, appropriate clothing for the event, and fishing gear if they are interested in hooking the “big one.” Registration is done on-site the day of the event, June 9th at 9 am and the first 150 kids get shirts and bags. You can call the park office at (785) 726-3212 for more information.

Start your kids’ summer off with a day of outdoor play at “O.K. Kids Day,” Cedar Bluff State Parks summer day camp!

Dress Up Your Next Celebration with Fresh Baked Goods From Hometown Bakery

Spring is a busy time of year, with weddings, graduations, holidays and other fun family celebrations scheduled nearly every weekend. One thing they all have in common is that often beautiful baked goods take a starring role on the table of goodies you offer your guests.

Weddings and Bridal Showers

Everyone knows the biggest moment of a wedding reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake. Whether you choose a traditional look for your big day, or a fun design that really shows off your personality, the cake creators at Hometown Bakery can personalize a cake for your reception or bridal shower.


Send your high school or college graduate off to their next adventure with the sweet taste of a cake or round of cupcakes at their graduation reception. The bakers will custom decorate your order to celebrate their accomplishments with beautiful designs made from tasty frosting.

Mother’s Day

Your mother has made dozens of cookies and many years of birthday cakes for you, why not pay her back with a sweet treat? Hometown Bakery can bake a beautiful home-style cake with flavors your mother will love.


If you’re inviting your mother to a Mother’s Day brunch provide her with a slice of ooey-gooey cinnamon bread for her plate. It’s sure to be one of the most memorable bites of the day. And, no baking required on her big day!

Memorial Day

We all love to relax on Memorial Day, but you don’t want to skimp on the feast you’ll be cooking up. Add a pie or specialty cake from Hometown Bakery and finish off the meal with a bang!

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 Planning Ahead

The months ahead can be hectic and getting a little help along the way can make a big difference in how much you get done in a day. The next time you’re planning a trip to Downtown WaKeeney consider picking up a dozen bierocks or cinnamon rolls to keep in the freezer for a quick meal on the run. Bierocks, a meat, and cabbage filled hot pocket, are a traditional Volga German food common in the households of Trego County residents and they are a great option or a “grab-and-go” lunch.

On the Go Breakfast or Lunch

Are you short on time and still have a number of errands to run? Plan your stop at the Hometown Bakery for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a scrumptious meal made to order with freshly baked goods. Eggs and toast for breakfast and a choice of sandwiches and wraps for lunch. They’ve got a selection of blended coffee drinks and free WiFi, too!

Stop by the Hometown Bakery in Downtown WaKeeney this spring and summer to find all the baked goods you’ll need for your celebrations!


Halo, Mexican Food Lovers, It’s Cinco de Mayo in WaKeeney!

Tropical Mexican Restuarant

No need to go south of the border for a spicy treat—you can get a culinary kick right here in WaKeeney at the Tropical Mexican Restaurant, where the chefs prepare tasty appetizers, entree, and desserts that will have you feeling those cool tropical breezes right here on the Great Plains.

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Construct a fajita from fresh vegetables and juicy steak, chicken or pork inside a warm tortilla with a side of refried beans and rice. These much-loved meals combine all the great tastes of the grill with the traditional spices of Mexican food.

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Get the Cali-Mex version of Mexican food with a Monterey Fajita platter. It’s a heaping helping of healthy chicken breast, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers and tomato, sprinkled with cheese and served next to Tropical’s signature beans and rice. This generous portion-sized meal will fill you up without stretching your calorie count for the day.

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Don’t forget to order up a celebratory Margarita! Tropical Mexican Restaurant has a full bar, with a selection of wines, beers and well drinks. Try a Daiquiri, Pina Colada, or Tequila Sunrise, or one of their four Margaritas flavors—lime, strawberry, mango or peach.

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You don’t have to book a ticket to Cancun to get authentic Mexican food. Just plan a visit to Western Kansas’s best Mexican restaurant, Tropical Mexican Restaurant, in WaKeeney, Kansas. Located at 428 S 1stSt., just one block north of I-70 Exit 127.